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is a publishing and information services company that creates editorially rich, community-based, local-foods publications in distinct culinary regions throughout the United States and Canada. Through our publications, supporting websites, and events, we connect consumers with family farmers, growers, chefs, and food artisans of all kinds. We believe that every person has the right to affordable, fresh, healthful food on a daily basis and that knowing where our food comes from is a powerful thing. We are a for-profit, member-driven corporation — individuals who own our publications are local-foods advocates and residents of the communities they publish in — a business model that not only supports our values, but also preserves the integrity of our member publications and the communities we serve.

As we live, so we work…
At the heart of our company is a commitment to sustaining the unique local flavors and economic viability of the communities we serve. As individuals and professionals, we live, breathe and literally, eat these values. They are reflected in our work and in our lives.


Meet the Founders of Edible Communities

Tracey Ryder

Tracey Ryder
President and CEO

racey Ryder co-founded Edible Communities, Inc., the nation’s largest publishing company dedicated to the local foods movement, in 2002. The company currently publishes 70 titles across North America, including Edible Boston, Edible San Francisco and Edible Vancouver, and is currently adding new magazines at a rate of 10 per year. The content for each publication is region-specific and focuses on the farmers, fishermen, chefs and food artisans from each area. Ms. Ryder has worked as a journalist, marketer and graphic designer for the culinary, tourism and agriculture industries for over 25 years. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events in the culinary and publishing fields. The company’s first book, “Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods,” was published by John Wiley & Sons in April 2010 and four community-based Edible Communities cookbooks are forthcoming from Sterling Publishing.

Carole Topalian


arole Topalian, co-founder and vice president of Edible Communities, Inc., travels the world with a gifted and finely tuned photographer’s eye. Carole’s photographs bring the Edible Communities’ mission to life, telling visual narratives about what local food networks look like today. Capturing the essence and purity of a single vegetable at the peak of ripeness or a pair of weathered farmer’s hands, readers immediately connect with the compelling images that fill all Edible magazines. Topalian’s unique ability to bring stories to life and to communicate through her photography is what allows her to excel as the publishing group’s creative director.

Earlier in her career, Carole owned a Los Angeles-based multimedia company where she produced several awardwinning advertising and promotional campaigns for major corporations. In the 1990s, she decided to leave the corporate world behind and study psychology at Pacific Graduate Institute. Today, Carole enjoys life in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she is an active ceramicist and gardener. Her fine art photographs have been exhibited in over 70 shows throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Visit www.topalianphoto.com for more information. “Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods,” was published by John Wiley & Sons in April 2010 and four community-based Edible Communities cookbooks are forthcoming from Sterling Publishing — all are filled with Topalian’s vivid images.


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